Friday, September 30, 2011

Moving the Blog

Just for an easier setup, I have decided to integrate my blog with my website. So from now, all updates will be made at danielman-animator.webs.com

Thanks for following for this long, and hopefully you will continue to at my website.

Take it easy,

Daniel

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Much Over Due Update!

Greetings all!



It's about time I got a new post up here. I have recently relocated to Sudbury, Ontario and just got internet setup last night where I am staying. For those who do not know, I am uphere for a brief 2 month contract with March Entertainment. Seems they are trying to gear their studio more towards the CG side of animation and myself, along with many other talented animators, are helping them get there. I don't think I am free to openly talk about the production much right now, but what I can say is that it is a good time so far, and the overall story is proving to be surprisingly entertaining. I cannot wait to see our work come together.

So as I said before, this is just a short 2 month contract that I am up here for. Since it is currently the summer, I am lucky enough to be able to take up residence at a local college dorm up here while the school year is out. This way I don't have to get locked into a year long lease up here if I do not stay with March after this contract. When I was first hired there was talk about a project coming up after this one, but we will see how that goes as I get closer to the end of this one, which should be around the beginning of August. So far my time with March has been great and they all seem like a fairly friendly bunch and the other new hires seem like a good group of people so far. I think we really need to organize some form of group mingling event though so we can really get to know one another. As it is right now, there are a few people I talk to on a regular basis, but that's only because they sit near me and are staying in the same dorm me. I would really like to get to know everyone else and really find out where they are all coming from in the industry.

As for the city of Sudbury, there's not much to say. It's definitely a less heavily populated area at first glance, and I am sure anyone who is more comfortable with Toronto city life, may have a minor heart attack when they come out here. It's open out here and there is a refreshing lack of constant commercial buildings everywhere. I am still unsure how I feel about the whole area, as I have only been up here for just over a week, but there could definitely be worst places to work. I am fine with it for now, and the company up here is great, so that will definitely make the experience more enjoyable. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect since I had never been up this way before, and everytime I told someone that I was going up here for work I got the same response, "Oh, really? Sudbury? Why?" Not very inspiring words, right? I t could be worst though, and I'll see how I feel in time.

The important thing is that I am animating professionally again and the project is kicking ass so far. It's nice to be looking forward to working again!

Thanks for stopping by to read this and please let me know what you think of it all. Ever been up this way before? If so, let me know what I should be doing during my off time!

Take it easy,

Daniel

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Back to Animating

I am trying my hands at some more realistic looking pieces of animation now. This is just my first attempt, and I plan to get some more done soon. Until then, here's a taste. What do you think?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Custom Video Game Munnies!

So, I've been a long time fan of the Vinyl Figure culture. I've always wanted to take a crack at making my own using Kidrobot's Munny base. A couple years ago I made my first, and ever since I've been making one every year. I plan to pick up the pace more and get more than one down a year, but we will see how that goes. For now, here are some pictures of my current Munny collection:

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

NEW REEL!

FINALLY!

This is my new demo reel. I started working on it back in January, and finally finished it this month. Enjoy!

Monday, March 29, 2010

In Need of All Your Help...

Hello all,

Thank you for coming by. This post consists of all the shots I plan to use in my upcoming demo reel. As far as I can see, they seem fine to me, but I've also been staring at them for quite some time now. If I could get some fresh eyes to take a look at them, I think it would really help. Perhaps see someting I'm not picking up, or something that's not quite working. Just a few minutes is all I ask. I really need the feedback to make this demo reel a really strong display of my animation skills, and i would greatly appreciate it. Any feedback is welcomed, be it good or bad. I will take it all in and work on what needs working and leave what doesn't. I mean this, too. I want to be able to take all your criticism and grow as an animator, not just ignore it. : D

So please, have a look at the videos and let me know what you think. They are just playblasts now, so the animation is all that is really being on display here.

Thanks again for the help and take it easy,

Daniel


Tubbs Turns on Boom Box

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Stan Showing Off

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Tubbs Inspecting a Gun

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Probe Looking for Someone

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Stan Scared by Tubbs

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Blocky Weight Lift

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Tubbs Fleeing from Stan

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Boris Girly Skip

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Boris Zombie Walks

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Stan Fleeing from Tubbs

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(I plan to run the credits along the top of this shot, so that's why all actions are occurring along the bottom of the screen.)

Friday, March 26, 2010

This just in!

While taking a very brief break in between animating, I put together a more professional looking website with the help of http://www.webs.com/ . I will continue using this blog to log my progression through various artistic pieces of work, but now I also have a clean and tidy site to display my professional info and work.

You can view the new website at:

http://www.danielman-animator.webs.com/

Please feel free to stop by there and let me know what you think of it!

Take it easy,
Daniel